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Ukraine conflict in the spotlight as Cazenovia Forum hosts top foreign affairs expert

The conflict in Ukraine will be the focus of the next Cazenovia Forum lecture and discussion, as one of America's leading experts on the region presents an in-depth look at the Ukrainian government's struggle with pro-Russian separatists and their backers in Moscow. The presentation by Adrian Karatnycky, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the U.S., will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, in the Morgan Room of Hubbard Hall at Cazenovia College.

Village board approves tentative 2015 budget, taxes to increase slightly

Also announces 6 percent increase in village water rates

The Cazenovia Village Board unanimously adopted its tentative 2015 budget last week and, although tax rates for the coming year will decrease, village assessments this year have increased after last year’s property revaluation, which means the average homeowner will see a slight rise in their taxes.

Cazenovia school district receives slight increase in state GEA funding restoration

Dire district program cuts now less likely than feared, superintendent says

The New York state legislature’s passage of its 2015-16 state budget on April 1 means that school districts throughout the state can now complete their 2015-16 district budgets, knowing approximately how much state education aid they will receive – which they previously did not know. For the Cazenovia Central School District, this equates to a $357,000 increase in GEA funding – about $130,000 more than the district received in 2014-15 – which will allow the board of education to complete a budget most likely without dire cuts to district programs and personnel, as had been feared.

Three school board seats up for election, at least two incumbents not running

Two of the three Cazenovia Board of Education members whose seats are up for election on May 19 confirmed Monday night that they will not seek reelection. Current board President Pat Vogl, a 12-year member, and Karin Marris, a 12-year member, both said they have decided not to run again simply because they have been on the board long enough and are eager to give someone else a chance to serve.

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Cuomo, Valesky, Magee respond to Cazenovia first graders’ letters about state school aid

Students in Catharine Taylor’s first grade class at Burton Street Elementary School received some surprise mail recently — from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, State Senator David Valesky and State Assemblyman Bill Magee. The three officials all wrote responses to letters sent by Taylor’s 25 students, mailed in early February, in which the students asked Cuomo, Valesky and Magee to restore Cazenovia’s state school aid funding to this year’s state budget.

Fenner town board approves new solar permit resolution, energy conservation program

The Fenner Town Board last week approved resolutions to encourage use of solar energy in the town and to make municipal lighting more energy efficient.

Cazenovia town board scheduled public hearing on Climate Action Plan

The Cazenovia Town Board last week scheduled a public hearing to hear resident opinion on the adoption of a joint Climate Action Plan with the village of Cazenovia.

Village board approves Climate Action Plan

The Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees last week unanimously approved the Cazenovia Climate Action Plan, which will act as a guide to village officials and residents on the best ways to reduce energy use, increase energy efficiency and reduce their carbon footprints. The plan offers goals and recommendations for action based on the greenhouse gas inventory of the village completed last year, but it is not a binding document or a new village law.

Cazenovia Forum announces 2015 speaker series

A former acting general counsel for the Central Intelligence Agency, the nation's top expert on current events in Ukraine and a leading anti-corruption activist are among the upcoming speakers at the Cazenovia Forum, Central New York's premier public affairs lecture series, which recently announced its 2015 lineup.

State police substation in New Woodstock to be rebuilt, possibly relocated

Cazenovia Town Board currently seeking resident input

The Cazenovia Town Board last week announced that the town will tear down the former town highway garage in New Woodstock that currently serves as a New York State Police substation and will replace it with a modular home with detached garage — although the new substation may not be located in the same place.

Nelson town board continues parking ban on North Lake Road

The Nelson Town Board last week extended for another year the local law prohibiting parking along a certain portion of North Lake Road, which expired on Jan. 1.

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Town moving forward with plan to redesign McNitt State Park lake access

The proposed engineering design for a new lake access area at McNitt State Park was received with unanimous enthusiasm from the Cazenovia Town Board last week, and will now be sent to officials at the state parks office for final approval.

Trustees approve Creekside district zone change

The Cazenovia Village Board last week unanimously approved a new law that will allow for the rezoning and redevelopment of the Riverside Drive/Chittenango Creek area that runs from Chenango Street, behind the library and up to Albany Street behind the Red Apple gas station.

It’s a go: Town planning board approves Owera events building

The Cazenovia Town Planning Board last week approved the request of Owera Vineyards to construct a permanent 6,300 square-foot “Promotion and Marketing Facility” to replace its three-season events tent for special winery functions on its East Lake Road property. The approval came with numerous conditions and limitations, however, many of which, if ignored or violated, will revoke the approval.

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State of the area: U.S., N.Y. politics as partisan, detrimental as they appear

The partisan politics of Washington are as bad and gridlocking as they look, and the governor’s politics in Albany are crippling the finances of our school district and endangering our children’s education. These were the two major messages received by about 50 area residents last week during the annual State of the Area event sponsored by the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce.

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